In case you missed it last week, Judith Hill's debut album was released via Free Download last week by PRINCE and Live Nation. What followed was rehearsals and lawsuits for the former "The Voice" contestant.
Now, Judith Hill is more than just someone who appeared on the hit singing show, working with the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and now the musical legend Prince. To me, "The Voice" still has not had a break-out singer who has won the show. Jennifer Hudson didn't win American Idol either, but there is no denying Hudson's talent. The same can be said for Hill.
Her debut CD "Back In Time" is straight fire. Kicking off with "As Trains Go By" it jumps into "Turn Up" and the tracks flow beautifully, showing Hill's vocal ability and range, which is, quite simply, amazing.
Prince held a listening session at his Paisley Park studios in Minneapolis in late March, inviting press, and fans to listen to Hill's debut CD, which Prince wanted out that night, even using the dreaded Spotify, if need be. Thankfully, Live Nation stepped in and put the album out for free.
The night that "Back In Time" was debuted at Paisley, Hill performed with a band that consisted of Chance Howard, Xavier, Kip Blacksire, Kirk Johnson, and a local Minneapolis musician we only know as Jesse at this time.
Prince may have found his "Angel In The Dark" for real. The rumors we are hearing is that Judith Hill has been rehearsing with her band mentioned above, and when Prince resumes his "Hit And Run" tour in April, Hill will be his opening act. Between photo and video shoots, those rehearsals must be funk fests!
Now late last week, it was announced that Jolene Cherry, who claims to have discovered Lady Gaga (Gaga and her manager have remained mum on that btw.) filed a lawsuit against Hill claiming a breach of contract by recording and releasing an album with Prince. Sony Music and Cherry were assigned by "The Voice" at the time to record with Hill and signed her to a contract. Cherry over the past two years has made it public that her love of the music industry was gone and wanted to leave it. With Hill "under contract" with someone making that claim, Sony Music distanced themselves from Cherry and restructured their relationship and contract with Jolene.
In Cherry's lawsuit, which was also sent out as a press release, she tried to word it that herself and Sony Music were suing Hill for breach of contract and also suing Prince for recording with her. Now TMZ, Rolling Stone and others repeated the press release verbatim using words such as Prince being underhanded. It seems only The Hollywood Reporter did their homework.
It appears that Hill filed a lawsuit earlier in the week against Cherry, something that a majority of the press did not report. Hill cited Cherry as "proved to be incompetent, erratic, unstable and wholly unable to perform the obligations that Ms. Hill had been promised both orally and in writing."
Cherry may have grabbed headlines but we have a feeling she will not be grabbing a win in court. Suing Prince for interference and breach of a contract he didn't sign? Grasping at straws. To battle an artist that took on the music industry that pushed him to the brink that some would call career suicide? Yea, good luck with that!
Prince has been on a roll lately with proteges to Andy Allo, Liv Warfield, working with Rita Ora, and now Judith Hill. "Back In Time" is a really great debut for Hill and to have a band with experienced and talented musicians makes her a major threat and one to keep an eye on in 2015 and beyond!-DocFB
Diagnosis: Cherry, Cherry. Tsk. Tsk. Will I be sued next? Sucks just as bad as a letter marked cease n desist.